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The Caldwell Fellows is NC State’s most long-lived scholarship and comprehensive leadership-development program for undergraduates. Throughout program history, the ability to fund students’ education and professional development has been enabled largely by generous contributions from alumni, family and friends. The original endowments for these merit awards, in the spirit of a land grant university, derive from the grassroots efforts of visionary alumni and friends who planted the program’s financial seeds. In the intervening decades, continuing and new gifts to The Caldwell Fellows program, managed by the NC State Alumni Association, have expanded its breadth and impact.

There are countless ways to support The Caldwell Fellows program and its students, which are listed below. While endowment-level gifts of $200,000 and more have sustained the program for decades, contributions anywhere from $20 to $20,000 also add up to significant support. No gift is too small, and donations of goods and services are equally appreciated (see In-Kind Gifts below).

Below are funds that have been established by alumni and other community leaders that believe in the impact that the program instills in its participants.

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The Caldwell Fellows program is a rigorous program with a clearly directed mission: to instill in its participants a servant-leadership framework through which to develop their own passions. In 1982, a group of alumni established the NC Fellows Endowment Fund to grow and support the activities that make this possible. A selection of these program components include:

  • Caldwell leadership seminar and program-wide retreats to develop personal growth and program unity
  • Advanced-leadership training for juniors and seniors at the Center for Creative Leadership
  • Global perspective development, including a standing annual commitment to the Atencingo school in Puebla, Mexico

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Spending extended time in the backcountry, experiencing the challenge of life outside one’s comfort zone, drawing on group support and learning to develop one’s inner resources are all components of The Caldwell Fellows Wilderness Experience. For 30 years, students have marked their Caldwell Fellows experience with a 10-day wilderness adventure under the treasured mentoring of Dr. Jerry Barker, and a cadre of skilled alumni.

Following his 1994 graduation, Caldwell Fellow Mark Wagoner mentored many younger Fellows through his service as a co-leader for the Wilderness Experience. His untimely death in 2003, while en route to a personal wilderness expedition in Alaska, prompted alumni and friends to establish financial support for the Caldwell Fellows Wilderness Experience.

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The Science And Technology Enriching Lifelong Leadership In Tomorrow’s Endeavors summer program on NC State’s campus was created by Caldwell Fellows Rick Jackson ’97 and Jennifer Lin ’98 in the late 1990s to introduce students from rural North Carolina high schools to science and technology. Since its inception, over 600 students from under-funded NC school systems have been to NC State's campus to participate in the program.

During the week of camp, a group of Caldwell Fellows run everything from the scientific demonstrations and laboratory experiments to the logistical challenge of raising 10,000 dollars to cover operational costs. Gifts to this fund help make this meaningful experience possible for both the planners and the participants.

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The Gordon Service Learning fund was started in 2013 in honor of retired SAS executive and NCSU alumni and longtime supporter, Suzanne S. Gordon. The fund synthesizes the Gordon family's passion for service and commitment to NCSU. Suzanne also has strong ties to the Caldwell program; her son, Stuart, graduated as a Fellow in 2012.

Expanding the reach of our leadership laboratories, the fund provides resources specifically for the service learning projects in which Caldwell Fellows participate during their time in the program. The fund broadens the ability of Fellows to establish and develop new programming initiatives within these various organizations. See our Mission page for more information about these affiliate programs and partners.

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While the program utilizes the monetary stewardship of many outstanding benefactors, tangible support of time and talent is an extremely important part of the program's inner-workings. We don't just talk about servant-leadership...we employ it in the way we run the program!

Both past and sustaining gifts have included volunteer outdoor leaders for our annual wilderness trip, volunteer executive coaches, donated retreat space, and pro-bono design. Inquires about donated goods or services are welcome. Contact us to discuss your thoughts.

Ways to Donate

By Mail:

Send to:
The Caldwell Fellows
NCSU Box 7121
Raleigh, NC 27695-7121

Make checks out to the NCSU Alumni Association with the specific fund in the "for" line.


Visit our Online Giving Form and select the fund(s) to which you would like to donate.

Major Gifts:

You can learn more about our endowment program below.

Please contact our gift officer, Alan Taylor to discuss major gift opportunities at
(919) 515-6110


The Caldwell Fellows thank the following individual and groups for their investment in the ideals of the program, one that would not exist without their contributions.

  • William M. Barnhardt/Southern Webbing Mills
  • Burton F. Beers Sr.
  • Clifton L. Benson Sr.
  • Leon D. Bissette
  • Robert E. Jr. and Bette B. Black
  • Charles E. and Opal Branscomb
  • Thomas B. Bruce
  • Caldwell (Park) Alumni Scholarship
  • Donald H. Carroll/D.J.'s Textbooks, Inc.
  • Worley H. Jr. and Callie Anne Clark
  • Class of 1930
  • Class of 1931
  • Class of 1933
  • Class of 1934
  • Class of 1941
  • Class of 1951
  • Class of 1952
  • Class of 1955
  • Class of 1956
  • Class of 1964
  • Bertram W. Coffer
  • William K. and Ann T. Collins
  • Theodore F. and Connie Constant
  • CP&L Employees and Retirees
  • Marcus B. and Margo J. Crotts
  • Mary K. Crutchfield/John R. Crutchfield Estate
  • Robert L. and Camilla Dick
  • William H. Dove
  • Murray S. Downs
  • William C. Drake Family
  • William R. Edwards
  • Lynn W. and Faye Y. Eury
  • Lynn W. and Faye Y. Eury/Shelton/in honor of James Lonnie Eury
  • Vincent K. Fang
  • Jonathan W. and Doris Poole Fulton
  • Horace D. Godfrey
  • Daniel C. Gunter Jr.
  • Gerald G. Hawkins
  • Richard L. Hedgepeth in honor of William D. Stevenson
  • Edward E. and Kaye T. Hood
  • Paul N. Howard Family
  • Ernest C. Hunt Jr.
  • Adam Crane Jr. and Jane Hirst Jones
  • Earl T. and Linda Trotter Jones
  • Richard M. Jones
  • Robert P. and Elaine L. Kennel
  • William B. and Ruby Lefler Kincaid
  • James S. King
  • Charles T. and Elizabeth S. Lambert
  • R. A. Lancaster
  • The Family of Curtis Sr. and Ruby Lane
  • Albert B. Jr. and Geraldine M. Lanier
  • The Thomas C. Laundon Family
  • Matthew B. Smith in honor of Patricia J. Lee
  • Richard and Adeline L. Loeppert
  • James D. Lore in honor of Pemberton H. and Nan A. Slade
  • Dorothy B. and John D. Love Sr. Family
  • Ralph M. McAlister
  • Alan M. Jr. and Nancy D. McGee
  • Merlin A. and Dorothy S. Meares
  • Darrell V. Menscer in honor of Carolyn W. Menscer
  • Philip S. Moore Jr.
  • Donald E. and Verdie S. Moreland
  • Theodore Paige Morris
  • Lionel D. "Pat" Murphy
  • Wendell H. Murphy/Murphy Farms, Inc.
  • The NC State Fellows Alumni
  • Gordon and Patricia Neville
  • Roy H. Park Scholarship
  • J. Frank and Doris K. Ray
  • H. A. "Pete" and Patricia P. Reid
  • The Family of J. Frank Seely
  • General Hugh Shelton
  • Fulton S. Snyder
  • The Family of Mack Stout
  • Wheatley M. Strickland in honor of Robert Dennis Strickland
  • Leslie M. Taylor
  • Edward B. Titmus
  • John B. Vaughan
  • C. E. Jr. and Laura Anne Vick in honor of C. E. Vick
  • Randall L. and Susam P. Ward
  • Randall L. Ward in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Lochlin M. Ward
  • Randall L. and Susan P. Ward in memory of John A. Parrott
  • The Family of James Fred Webb Jr.
  • Edward I. Weisiger Sr.
  • Wray Williams
  • A. Tab Williams Jr.
  • James G. and Brenda P. Wilson
  • The Thomas, James and William Wilson Family/The Wilson Fdn.
  • Robert H. Witherington
  • Edgar S. Woolard Jr.
  • Bryce R. Younts